Android 2.3 Gingerbread release: Could be today – Dec 6

Here at OSM we’ve been avidly waiting for the release of the next Android operating system, Android 2.3, dubbed Gingerbread, which we’ve been expecting very soon. We’ve already seen leaked footage of Gingerbread running on devices such as the Samsung Nexus S and the new PlayStation phone and also previously told how the Android 2.3 OS may feature NFC.

Thomas Ricker over on Engadget, sourced from Notion Ink, brings us some very interesting news today about Android 2.3 and it seems as though it could be available as early as today. Engadget cites a blog post from Notion Ink that reads, “6th December is another big day for Android and you will find out how fast Notion Ink can work.” When the still unannounced Nexus S was spotted running Gingerbread and featuring NFC (Near Field Communication) read/write support a few weeks ago it seemed the release of Android 2.3 was imminent.

The significance of the NFC element to this story is that tomorrow, December 7, a press conference has been called to launch the NFC Forum’s new Certification Program and apparently a device has to be certified before it can display an NFC symbol that initiates NFC services, the “N-Mark.” It certainly looks to us that Engadget could be correct in its assumption that Gingerbread could then be launched today.

For more on this go to engadget.com. Are you keen to get your hands on Android 2.3, Gingerbread? We’d like your thoughts on this news so please do send us your comments.